Rasmussen Reports reports that only 23% of the American people believe the federal government has the consent of the governed. See Rasmussen Reports.
That lack of consent is inevitable when you consider that the American government does so much micromanagement of personal and economic life.
If all law is truly applied to everyone equally, the surplus of government micromanagement is sure to irk hordes of people. The facts are worse. Law is not applied equally, so some people rightly see themselves getting screwed while others benefit from federal intrusions.
The foundation of the American experiment is that government operates with the consent of the governed. Not the consent of the bureaucrats, not the elected officials (as the Democreeps misunderstand it), but the people.
Big government is bad government. What we need is not a government doing more to us, but less government, lots less government.